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NYC protesters at ground zero. Many on the left have joined opposition to mosque.

The media blames “Republicans” for the protest, however many of the protesters have been from NYC’s Jewish community. A community not known for supporting conservative causes. In fact the issue has driven a wedge between the radical left-wing ADL, which opposes the mosque, and other professional left-wing outfits who are supporting the mosque.

From UK Telegraph…

The dispute has taken on national political significance, with Republicans using the issue to attack President Barack Obama ahead of midterm elections where his Democrats are fighting to retain control of Congress.

The rallies were held near the location of the proposed Muslim centre, just two blocks from the site of the September 11, 2001 attacks by al Qaeda, which destroyed the World Trade Center towers and killed close to 3,000 people.

The centre, which would include a prayer room, has ignited fierce debate between those who say its proposed location is insensitive and fear it will harbour religious extremism and those who back it based on the principle of religious tolerance and understanding.

Hundreds of opponents chanted “No Mosque,” sang patriotic songs and waved photographs of violent attacks by Islamic extremists.

One sign read: “Not all Muslims are terrorists, but all the terrorists were Muslim.” is about the only news outlet that has been reporting the growing split over Mideast policy within the Democratic party. Jews and pro-Israel Christians, make up much of the funding and leadership for the Democratic party and are staunchly pro-Israel. Meanwhile, the young loosely organized leftists street activist crowd tends to be pro-Palestinian and dubbed Israel as the “new Apartheid.”

The radical left-wing ADL issued a statement calling some opponents of the mosque “bigots,” but says that their opposition to the mosque is motivated by compassion for the victims of 911. Read Statement.